Isaiah 19:1-17 NIV

A Prophecy About Egypt

1 An oracle1 concerning Egypt:23 See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud4 and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt5 within them.

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2 "I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian-- brother will fight against brother,6 neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.7

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3 The Egyptians will lose heart,8 and I will bring their plans9 to nothing;10 they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.11

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4 I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king12 will rule over them," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

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5 The waters of the river will dry up,13 and the riverbed will be parched and dry.14

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6 The canals will stink;15 the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.16 The reeds17 and rushes will wither,18

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7 also the plants19 along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field20 along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.21

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8 The fishermen22 will groan and lament, all who cast hooks23 into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.

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9 Those who work with combed flax24 will despair, the weavers of fine linen25 will lose hope.

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10 The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
11 The officials of Zoan26 are nothing but fools; the wise counselors27 of Pharaoh give senseless advice.28 How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise men,29 a disciple of the ancient kings"?

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      12 Where are your wise men30 now? Let them show you and make known what the LORD Almighty has planned31 against Egypt.

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      13 The officials of Zoan32 have become fools, the leaders of Memphisa33 are deceived; the cornerstones34 of her peoples have led Egypt astray.

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      14 The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness;35 they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers36 around in his vomit.

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      15 There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.37

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      16 In that day38 the Egyptians will be like women.39 They will shudder with fear40 at the uplifted hand41 that the LORD Almighty raises against them.

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      17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified,42 because of what the LORD Almighty is planning43 against them.

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